will ultimately lead to present the arrogant prescriptions as the
solution to the problems of certain countries or to those of region.
And this is the biggest catastrophe.
Asked in his weekly
seminar the following question: Some blame many
Arab and Muslim theoreticians for considering America to be
responsible for all our problems, while they themselves give priority
to their own issues at the expense of the Islamic ones, by making
sectarian and local issues at the top of their political agenda.
How do you view this mentality that began to dominate our reality,
especially in the framework of our Islamic movements?
The Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein
There is a big problem that we encounter in our
social, political and religious lives. This problem is manifested in
the dedication we attach to the smaller issues at the expense of the
bigger ones that has reached the level of undermining our struggle for
the vital and critical issues that affect the nation’s future.
Interests in local or regional issues have come to
cancel any general interest in the major cause of the nation. National
issues have given way to the issues of each country and Islamic issues
gave way to sectarian issues to the extent that the humanistic
content, which all heavenly messages came to embrace, is no longer
This state of affairs produced social, political and
even religious movements or persons that have absorbed this spirit to
the extent that they have abandoned the issues of the nation having
faced certain negative attitudes or they decided to return safely to
the refuge of smaller issues, where the risks and stakes are
The greatest problem we live today is this mentality
that is clearly demonstrated in the attitude towards the Palestinian
The Arab world no longer wants to liberate Palestine
but rather to be liberated from the question of Palestine. The
Palestinian people have suffered a lot as a result of this attitude
even when the Arab rulers used to claim that the Palestinian cause is
the major cause that determines their stances and even their internal
But their real intention was to exploit this national
cause to stay in power for the longest time possible.
They left the Palestinians to suffer alone, and then
they stubbed them in the back when they established secretly and then
publicly all kinds of relations with Israel. They did not even stop
when Sharon came to power and began to execute his atrocities and
massacres, the most recent of which, but certainly not the last, was
the assassination of Sheik Ahmad Yassin.
However, the problem is not restricted to the regimes,
no matter how dangerous and devastating their role has been. Our
problem lies also in the sectarian or local mentalities that have
begun to constitute an obstacle to the national and Islamic issues,
for they have grown completely immersed in safeguarding their
self-proclaimed priorities that they started to hurt the bigger
We even believe that certain Islamists have also
forgotten about the bigger Islamic front and become preoccupied in
local and private issues… This trend will ultimately lead to present
the arrogant prescriptions as the solution to the problems of certain
countries or to those of region. This is the biggest catastrophe whose
first indications have already been noticed in several places, since
it will allow the US to penetrate and break our wall of solidarity.
What is happening in Iraq now is a case in point.